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  • DQ Herculis was a slow, bright nova occurring in Hercules in December 1934. The nova was first observed on 13 Dec, 1934, reaching a peak brightness with an apparent magnitude 1.5 on 22 Dec, 1934. The nova remaining visible to the naked eye for several months. With the use of a modest telescope, the nova was observable for significantly longer. DQ Herculis is the prototype for a category of cataclysmic variable stars called intermediate polars. The system shows orbital period variation, likely due to the presence of a third body.

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